Autumn is officially here, with crisp fall air, leaves turning color, and pumpkin flavored everything! If you’re looking to get out of the city for a few hours to bask in the beauty of the season, check out the following orchards and farms in the Philadelphia area that have those fall activities you’ve been waiting for all year. Pick your own pumpkins, take a hay ride through the trees, or sip on some fresh apple cider.
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Media, PA (~30 minutes away)
Linvilla is fun for the whole family, with apple picking, hay rides, corn mazes, a beer garden, their own market, and more. Check out their website for events, tickets, and other activities held all year round.
Solly Brothers Farm
Warminster, PA (~45 minutes away)
Solly Brothers Farm has been around since 1920, boasting apple and pumpkin picking, hay rides, homemade soups and baked goods, and an option to join their seasonal CSA for your very own fresh produce! Check them out at http://www.sollyfarm.com/.
Johnson’s Corner Farm
Medford, NJ (~30 minutes away)
Johnson’s Corner Farm has it all, from apple and pumpkin picking, to hay rides, to corn mazes, and more. Check out their animal petting farm, bakery and market, as well as their myriad of live music and events they host almost every weekend. You can find out more about all they have to offer here.
West Chester, PA (~35 minutes away)
Highland Orchards is the perfect escape where you can pick your own apples, pumpkins, gourds, and berries. Hop on a hayride or check out their animal petting farm, then stop by the market and bakery on your way home for some fresh produce and pies.
Morgantown, PA (~1 hour away)
Weaver’s Orchard has a lot going on, and it’s perfect for families or couples. They have fall family fun days all through October, where they offer apple and berry picking, hay and barrel rides, pony rides, face painting, and “Read n’ Pick Story Time” for children. They also host live entertainment and an annual 5K to support local cancer patients. Check out their website and blog where they share recipes for the fresh food they sell in their market.
Maggie Blehar is a Philadelphia based writer/educator with a Bachelor’s in English and a Master’s in Education. She has been plant-based since 2011 and is always in search of ethical companies to support. She loves traveling, walking her dog, painting, meditation, working for social justice, digging deeper into her zodiac sign, and exploring the Philly vegan scene with friends. Some of her favorite organizations are: Don’t Eat the Homies, Farm Sanctuary, CHNGE, Gentle Barn, and the Equal Justice Initiative. You can find out more about her at www.maggieblehar.com.